Mergers and acquisitions in professional organizations: a complex adaptive systems approach.

M. E. Walls, R. R. McDaniel

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Abstract

Nurse managers face unique challenges as they cope with mergers and acquisitions among health care organizations. These challenges can be better understood if it is recognized that health care institutions are professional organizations and that the transformations required are extremely difficult. These difficulties are caused, in part, by the institutionalized nature of professional organizations, and this nature is explicated. Professional organizations are stubborn. They are repositories of expertise and values that are societal in origin and difficult to change. When professional organizations are understood as complex adaptive systems, complexity theory offers insight that provide strategies for managing mergers and acquisitions that may not be apparent when more traditional conceptualizations of professional organizations are used. Specific managerial techniques consistent with both the institutionalized characteristics and the complex adaptive systems characteristics of professional organizations are offered to nurse managers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-124
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars for nurse managers
Volume7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Leadership and Management

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